Duke of Cambridge to Join Crew at DIY SOS Grenfell Special

Duke of Cambridge to Join Crew at DIY SOS Grenfell Special


Ladbroke Grove, London

Tuesday 15th May, 2018

The Duke of Cambridge will join the crew of DIY SOS on a major project to support people affected by the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower.

The BBC One show, hosted by Nick Knowles, takes on major building projects for people and communities that need help, and is currently building a new community centre and replacing a boxing club that was destroyed by the fire. The final shows are to be broadcast in two parts later in the year.

On Tuesday 15th May, The Duke of Cambridge will visit the new site in Ladbroke Grove, and join people who have volunteered their time and expertise to complete the ambitious project. He will meet with Nick Knowles and the DIY SOS crew, join one of the volunteer teams and meet local residents affected by the fire.

The first floor of Grenfell Tower was home to the Dale Youth Boxing Club. It was known as one of the best boxing clubs in the country, credited with turning around the lives of many young people. Since the fire, the club has been based in a temporary home in a car park.

Working with the community and volunteers, DIY SOS is building the space for the club and a new multi-use community space, which will be available to the community to use for a range of activities. Westway Trust will ensure the spaces are accessible and affordable for the whole community.

The main structural work of the build is scheduled to be completed shortly, with The Duke attending on the first day of the fit out.

The Dale Youth Amateur Boxing Club was founded 60 years ago and was based in Grenfell Tower since 1999. Over the years, it successfully nurtured 200 Amateur Boxing Association champions.

The Duke of Cambridge visited families and first responders with Her Majesty The Queen immediately following the fire, and The Royal Foundation helped facilitate a space for mental health support.

This is the second time The Duke of Cambridge has appeared on DIY SOS, having previously worked with Prince Harry to help the crew convert homes in Manchester for veterans.

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